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There’s Something Wrong With My Juice

We've started diluting Grace's juice.

Personally, I hate that she drinks so much juice, period. I think fruit juice is a scant step above soda pop, empty calories with few vitamins and no fiber.

The bad habit began when Grace was had the swine flu and wouldn't eat. We gave her as much juice as she would drink, just to keep her hydrated and give her some energy.

Grace likes to drink juice, so Joe keeps buying it.

I suggested to him this week that we begin cutting the apple juice with water. I asked him to mix it in a jug, 1 part water and 1 part juice. He agreed.

Grace got the first cup of diluted juice today.

We were sitting on the couch, reading a book, when she took a sip.

Mama, something wrong with my juice.

“What's wrong with it?”

I think it's iced tea. Smell it.

I held the (covered) cup up to my nose and sniffed loudly. “Smells like apple juice.”

Grace took another drink. No, no. Something wrong with it. Take a little sip. Taste a little sip.

I tasted the juice.

First of all, I didn't realize that our lidded cups had such a tight seal. I thought I was going to hyperventilate before I actually got a little sip of the juice.

Secondly, I don't like watered down juice. I think it's terrible.

I took a sip anyway. It tasted like watered down apple juice.

“Tastes like apple juice.”

Hrmph. Something wrong with it. Grace held the cup up, peering down the straw with one eyeball.

Are you sure it's not iced tea?

“I'm sure. It's apple juice.”

Grace gave me another hard look, but she drank the juice.

I think that one of two things is going to happen:

  1. She's going to figure out that we're diluting her juice and demand for us to stop.
  2. She's going to stop drinking juice.

I hope she gives up and asks for water. She likes water.

And plain water is a lot better than watery juice.

Photo by Trekky Andy

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10 thoughts on “There’s Something Wrong With My Juice”

  1. LOL oh my, she is just too smart!! I was grinning reading that conversation. You'll have to update with what she decides of the juice. Fortunately, Ryder is a huge water drinker. He asks for water, and never juice. I still like to give him some orange juice now and then, or some Juicy Juice, just to change things up for him, but he typically denies it and asks for water anyway.

  2. Grace likes water. So, she usually drinks water without complaints. But, I have started buying the Apple & Eve's Fruitables juice boxes. They are mixed with both fruit and vegetables. SO, if we are not diligent on getting those veggies in…. I feel slightly better about letting her have a “juice box”. She does not drink them everyday, and if she does have one, it is with her lunch. My SIL recently introduced me to the Fruitables. Grace likes them, of course.

  3. Apple & Eve Fruitables, huh? I'll have to look for them. We occasionally put juice boxes in Grace's lunchbox for day care (like when we're short of time or when Joe or I is sick), and those would be a lot better than the ones we have used in the past. Our normal fallback brand has no sugar added, but is still not all that great, you know?

  4. This is a great story, I hate giving my kids juice too. I always water it down, I don't even do half and half. I do 1/3 juice to 2/3 water. It tastes awful, but it's the only way I give it to them. Always been that way. This month, today is the first day that I gave them any juice and it's because they are sick. So I have quite the appreciation for your story. My husband would give it to them straight up if I let him.

  5. We waited – Oh God, I'm not even sure how long! – to give our kids juice until far after the allowed time and then always watered it down. I think that because they had it that way from the beginning, they really didn't care. They are now nearly 6 and 3.5, so we give them juice straight up, but they are only allowed one serving a day – probably equal to about 4 ounces. Now that E is in kindergarten we are starting to see kids who drink soda. We're avoiding that altogether, so until that day comes without our permission, my kids drink water, 1% milk, and that one glass of juice. And they seem to be perfectly content (thank God).

  6. My daughter loves juice (has to be orange juice, too). She would drink it all the time, if we let her. We do dilute it with water and she's fine with that. When she asks for juice, we say “juicy water”. She'll say “No, just juice”., but then we give her the watered down juice and she drinks it.

  7. My daughter loves juice (has to be orange juice, too). She would drink it all the time, if we let her. We do dilute it with water and she's fine with that. When she asks for juice, we say “juicy water”. She'll say “No, just juice”., but then we give her the watered down juice and she drinks it.

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